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DRAMA

Yes

 

Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 1138 ratings

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4 stars Machine, Machine Messiah, Walk in to the fire.

This ones without one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Jon "Hobbit" Anderson. Well is it good? It fells almost like the first track is all that Squire and co. from the old yes wanted to put in this album, and just jammed out the rest. The vocals on Machine Messiah are almost identical to that of Jons. Squire sings backups to Trevor Horn and the result is very very close to the angel voice of Anderson, and on this track the fatique from Jons departure is almost gone completely. The problem is the rest of the album, except for "Tempus Fuguit" which is a very Yessy tune, so to say. Don't get me wrong, the middle section of the album is not Tormato stuff, much better, but if we compare this Yes with the golden age Yes we see big differences, still Machine Messiah remains a testament to those years.

I somehow feel that Machine Messiah could be the best 80s prog tune made, still it gets hard competition from bands who had fantastic albums back then, like Rush. Still this track shows that Squire wanted to show whose in charge of Yes, and YES it worked. I first decided to give this album 3 stars, because of the inconsistency. But now counting how many times i have spinned this album to hear Machine Messiah and the last track i feel compelled to give it 4 stars. Think of it like 3 and a half stars if you can, i just hate doing that.

paragraph7 | 4/5 |

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